Rolla is a progressive city with a growing city population of over 19,000 and a county population of over 45,000. Rolla is the center of the region’s healthcare hub for state-of-the-art medical services in a six county area of South Central Missouri serving over 170,000 residents. Located at the intersection of I-44 and U.S. Highway 63, Rolla has quick access to Saint Louis (100 miles to the East), Springfield (100 miles to the West) and Columbia (95 miles to the North). If you want to visit the city lights, shopping centers, and attractions of the bigger cities, you’re just a couple hours away. If you want to retreat to nature, then you are already there! These things are right outside your back door. Rolla offers a high quality of life, friendliness, clean air, scenic beauty, abundant wildlife along with a low cost of living.
Rolla’s real estate and housing choices are diverse, including new construction, historic homes and private country properties within easy commuting distance to Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Want to live inside the city limits-we’ve got you covered! Want to live in the country-perhaps on a small farm with a stream-we’ve got that too.
The Mark Twain National Forest is an essential part of the exceptional natural beauty and countless opportunities for unique outdoor recreation. South Central Missouri is home to thousands of caves, hundreds of springs and crystal clear rivers with exceptional opportunities for floating and trout fishing. Love hiking? Check out the trails that the Mark Twain National Forest area has to offer. Follow the steps of Lewis and Clark by biking the Katy Trail. How about fly fishing? The trout are waiting at nearby Meramec Springs, which pours out 100 million gallons of water a day—and if the fish aren’t biting, enjoy a picnic, hike around the park, or feed the fish at the hatchery. Are you in the mood for camping? You’re just 13 miles away from the Lane Springs Recreation Area. You can’t get any closer to nature!
Rolla offers a state-of-the-art recreation facility, The Centre, which includes an aquatic center for the entire family, two gymnasiums, fitness center and an indoor walking track. Fitness classes and personal trainers are available to help you with your fitness needs and nutritional planning. Childcare is available.
Rolla boasts 25 parks, including the Ber Juan softball/baseball complex, tennis courts, and lake. The Lion’s Club Park offers fishing, playground equipment and beautiful picnic areas complete with a lake fountain.
Wineries are St. James’s largest industry and are located just 10 miles east of Rolla. St. James has five wineries distinguished for producing award winning fine wines. Enjoy a tasting tour and take home a gift basket.
Enjoy the theater? We have options for you! Leach Theatre, located at Castleman Hall on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus, offers year-round entertainment from around the world. Perhaps a murder mystery dinner will challenge your detective skills at the Ozark Actors Theater.
Rolla also provides many educational opportunities:
Missouri University of Science and Technology: Offering more than 65 degree programs in engineering, science, computing and technology, business, management systems, humanities and the liberal arts for over 7,000 students from over 50 nations.